Seek Justice: Our 121Hope Team Goes On The Road
Northland's 121Hope team went on the road this week! 121Hope is Northland's response to human trafficking – bringing hope to victims and survivors of human trafficking and empowering local abolitionists, all through one-to-one discipleship. The team traveled to Tallahassee this week to attend the Florida Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Day (April 13).
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, but is not limited to a certain age, gender or ethnicity. Thousands of victims are trafficked annually and are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for sexual exploitation or forced labor. Needless to say, the trauma victims face is lifelong.
"I know the weight of abuse (although not human trafficking) as a child. I've carried the burden of feeling broken and to know that I could offer hope for every man, woman and child who are enslaved is a beautiful thing. I want people to experience the freedom of God's love the way I was freed." – Kayla R. (121Hope team member)
Kayla reminds us of healing that can only come from relationship intimately pointing us to Christ – the only source of true healing.
"The ultimate healing is to be reintegrated into a community that respects you and loves you." – Pastor Joel C. Hunter
If you would like to play a role in ending this horrible form of modern day slavery, help us seek justice by...
1. Praying (for awareness, rescue, healing and justice)
2. Joining our 121Hope ministry
3. Writing your state representatives urging them to support anti-human trafficking bills such as:
HB 1165 - Relating to Victims of Human Trafficking & SB 970 - Relating to Florida Compensation Trust Fund for Survivors of Human Trafficking/Department of Law Enforcement
HB 1167 - Relating to Trust Funds/Creation/Florida Compensation Trust Fund for Survivors of Human Trafficking/EOG & SB 972 - Relating to Human Trafficking
HB 699 & SB 684 - Relating to Human Trafficking
SB 337 & SB 870 - Relating to Internet Access
When my body is healed, as my heart has been, by Christ, I will join your team. That will be a year or so. Meantime, can you publish representative addresses for writing our support against trafficking? The bill numbers are fantastic, but email or snail mail addys will help increase interested support! I am a survivor & although I rarely appear in person, my heart belongs to Christ & Northland’s work!!
I am also a member of our LGBTQ support & Orlando’s Center, which does more free testing for Aids & hep C, than any local organization & has diagnosed & helped victims get meds—some my friends. Many of our young & homeless LGBTQ are helped by Orlando’s Zebra Coalition (also located on Mills)
Many of our young & once young LGBTQ population are & were victims of trafficking too, as you well know! I began my work with those youngsters through “The Green House”, in 1978 & the problem is so much worse & all abused need our help. I look fwd to the 5/18 conversation w LGBTQ & Christianity & what will be opened between our religious/spiritual communities, hopefully knocking down prejudice & reaching to help the lonely!!
Thank you for the oppotunity to add my 2 bits (or more..lol)!
Congress MUST be made aware. So again, along with which bills, please publush addresses.
Inspired by Justice & Compassion,
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